Bhujia To Pakodi: Exploring Bikaner's 7 Iconic & Famous Dishes
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Besides its rich culture and beautiful landscapes, India is also known for its mouthwatering and delicious delicacies. The regional cuisines of our country showcase the local flavours and their unique cooking styles. Each state in India is special, and you will find plenty of tourist attractions here. However, only a few big cities are able to grab attention, while the rest remain under cover. 

Speaking particularly about Rajasthan, many people only know about Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Udaipur. But there is another amazing city called Bikaner in this state that deserves popularity. Also known as ‘camel country’, it is situated on the edge of the Thar desert. Apart from gigantic forts and vibrant heritage sites, this city is also famous for its various lip-smacking dishes. 

So, if you are planning a trip to Rajasthan any time soon, make a visit to Bikaner and don’t forget to try these top seven dishes to try in the iconic city:  

Bikaneri Bhujia  

This deep-fried, crispy teatime snack is popular all over the country. Made with moth beans, gram flour, groundnut oil, and spices, they have a distinct aroma and taste that makes us fall in love with them. You can find plenty of companies in the market selling Bikaneri bhujia. So, why not try the most authentic flavour in the hometown itself?  


This is an iconic Rajasthani sweet treat that is very popular during the festival of Teej. It is a disc-shaped delight prepared with all-purpose flour dipped in sugar syrup along with a topping of nuts. In Bikaner and other cities in Rajasthan, you can find many varieties of ghevar, including plain, mawa, and malai. 

Raj Kachori 

Kachori is a go-to snack in many parts of the country. But this royal dish is a must-try in Bikaner. Raj kachori is a crispy fried ball that is stuffed with boiled lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, along with the flavours of yoghurt, spices, and chutney. Besides its delicious taste, it is also visually appealing. You can find Raj Kachori in street shops as well as restaurants. 

Gatte Ki Sabzi  

This is a classic Rajasthani dish that is traditionally enjoyed with bajre ki roti, chapati, or dal baati churma. Gatte ki sabzi is a rich and rustic dish prepared with gram flour dumplings cooked in a flavourful yoghurt gravy that has spices like asafoetida and red chilli powder. This curry goes well for lunch as well as dinner.  


Pakodi is a famous deep-fried snack you can find everywhere in Bikaner, be it a street stall or a restaurant. This local teatime treat has a mixed vegetable filling. It is prepared with gram flour, or moong dal, and is commonly served with red chutney and green mint chutney. Pakodi is popular in other Rajasthani cities as well. 

Kesar Finni

Kesar finni is a sweet delicacy that is also known as sutarfeni. This Bikaneri treat is shredded and flaky in texture, prepared with rice flour and semolina, and roasted in desi ghee. It is traditionally served along with a topping of chopped nuts like almonds and pistachios. Kesar finni has a longer shelf life, so you can also take a box to your home for your family. 

Laal Maas  

If you love spicy, non-vegetarian food, then do try the laal maas in Bikaner. This Rajasthani delicacy is one of the most celebrated dishes in the Rajput community. This red-coloured meat curry is prepared with mutton along with the seasoning of manthania chillies in a yoghurt-based gravy. It goes well with any bread or rice.